Arts Centre Melbourne and The SUBSTATION present
Featuring Margaret Leng Tan in a co-production
by Chamber Made and CultureLink Singapore
Music · Singapore / Australia / Japan
A work that sweeps across the senses, Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep is a sonic portrait of new music icon Margaret Leng Tan – an evocative exploration of memory, time, control and loss.
New York-based Singaporean pianist Margaret Leng Tan forged a path as a major force within the American avant-garde, serving as muse for such giants as John Cage and George Crumb, and transforming the toy piano into a serious instrument. Her stellar career is a touchstone for the past 40 years of experimental musical innovation.
Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep combines spoken and recorded text, projected images and original music for prepared piano, toy piano, toys and percussion by Tan’s long-term collaborator Erik Griswold.
Created by a team of Singaporean and Australian artists, including director Tamara Saulwick, video designer Nick Roux, and dramaturg Kok Heng Leun and performed by Tan, this cross-cultural collaboration is an evocative collage of the forces that have shaped Tan’s life and how music has been both her passion and her refuge.
Opening the evening is the world premiere of an international collaboration between Japanese filmmaker Makino Takashi and Australian composer Lawrence English.
Dragon Ladies Don't Weep is part of the SUBSONIC program curated for Asia TOPA by The SUBSTATION.